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Josef Suk: Meditation on the Old Czech Hymn St. Wenceslas: String Quartet

for String Quartet op. 35a

COMPOSER: Josef Suk
PUBLISHER: Bärenreiter-Verlag
PRODUCT FORMAT: Score
Josef Suk played second Violin in the Bohemian String Quartet. Since 1914 the ensemble was obliged to perform the Austrian national anthem at the opening of every concert. Suk decided to supplement this obligatory piece with a work inspired by the ancient sacred Bohemian St. Wenceslas hymn. The
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Composer Josef Suk
Editor Zdenek Nouza
Publisher Bärenreiter-Verlag
Instrumentation String Quartet
Product Format Score
Description Product Type Score
Genre Hymns & Chorals
Year of Publication 2016
Style Period Post 1901
ISMN 9790260107823
No. BA9584
Number of pages 15
Series Bärenreiter Urtext
Description

Josef Suk played second Violin in the Bohemian String Quartet. Since 1914 the ensemble was obliged to perform the Austrian national anthem at the opening of every concert. Suk decided to supplement this obligatory piece with a work inspired by the ancient sacred Bohemian St. Wenceslas hymn. The hymn’s message a plea for the well-being of the Czech people, directed at their patron saint was immediately understood by the audience.

The Bohemian String Quartet performed this single-movement Meditation for the first time on 27 September 1914; the premiere of the version for string orchestra followed on 22 November 1914, played by the CzechPhilharmonic. That same year the piece was published by Fr. A. Urbánek together with arrangements for Piano and Organ.

This first Urtext edition, prepared by the Sukscholar Zdenek Nouza, is published in two scorings, one for string quartet and another for String Orchestra (BA9584). The orchestral version differs in some details and has an added part for Double Bass.

  • First Urtext edition
  • Informative trilingual Foreword (Cz/Eng/Ger) and Critical Commentary (Eng) by the editor
  • Two versions published in two separate editions

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